April Craft Challenge 2022| Easter Theme: Embossing

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We are kicking off the challenge for April with an Easter theme.  Follow along if you would like to and post your creations on the Multimedia Crafts Digital Facebook page.

The technique to use is embossing.  You may choose 3 items from the prompt list below.

April- Easter Theme – Embossing

Use hashtag #aprilfav2022

  • Embossing powder
  • Glitter
  • Glue gun/ glue
  • Glossy Accents
  • Wet media (Embossing pen, ink, paint, etc.)
  • Embossing folder/ machine
  • Paper
  • Emboss item/ flat item to rub across paper (See technique, “Embossing without a heat gun or embossing folder”) on Multimedia Crafts Digital blog on April 1, 2022)

For this month I made some ephemera to go into a journal I am working on.  I made these by using a combination of digital sheets, and from making some DIY creations using two embossing folders, die cut flowers, and other mixed media.

I included the two Multimedia Crafts freebie downloads that are available this month from the blog and Facebook page.  The blog freebie is called, “Floral Pocket 2022.”  The Facebook freebie is called, “April 2022 Easter Ephemera Sheet.”  To access it, simply visit the Multimedia Crafts Digital Facebook page, where you will find great information on the latest paper crafting ideas, videos, photos, sales from the Multimedia Craft Etsy hybrid and digital shops and more.   Go to “PHOTOS, then ALBUMS, then FREEBIE FILES. Scroll down until you see which kit you want.  This one will be there.

To watch the process video on how I made all the journal bits check out the video below.

If you want to get a head start on future blog challenges, you can download the “Monthly Craft Challenge 2022” form to get access to the whole years worth of prompts.

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Supplies list

  • Embossing Folders  (Darice -Lanterns in Trees) (Darice – Easter Bunny)
  • Sizzix Bigkick (platform, cutting pads)
  • Die  (Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Bigz die)
  • Scissors/ paper trimmer
  • White Gesso
  • Glossy Accents (Ranger)
  • Art glitter glue
  • Distress Oxide inks (Broken china, Vintage photo, Worn Lipstick, Twisted Citron)
  • Glitter (Recollections Snow, Mint, Frost)
  • Embossing Pen (Ranger clear)
  • Embossing Powder (Tim Holtz Enamel glaze- Speckled Egg)
  • Pink acrylic paint and coffee water mix
  • Ball point ink pen
  • Cardstock (patterend and solid color papers)

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Digital Scrap-booking: Quality Tips – Checking Gamut in Adobe Photoshop

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It is very important to identify when images are out of gamut before completing digital scrapbook projects. Why? The answer is simple. But first you must understand what a gamut is.

 A gamut is the color range or scope of colors that monitor systems display and printer structures print. If an image is out of gamut, it may not print in the colors shown on your system’s screen.  In Adobe Photoshop, there are various color modes to create your project in, but for digital scrapbooking prints, the two most used modes are RGB and CMYK.   RGB color mode is the more practical choice, since you can check to see if images are in or out of gamut.

Checking for Gamut Issues

The way to check for gamut issues is to do the following:

 On the menu bar click “View” > “Gamut Warning” or use your keyboard shortcuts [Shift + Ctrl (Command on a Mac) + Y].  If the image has grayed out areas, then it is out of gamut.  If the color values did not change, then they are within the color scope and your image should print fine. 

Correcting Out of Gamut Images

Out of gamut images can be fixed by converting it from RGB color mode to CMYK, then back to RGB.  On the menu bar, click “Image” > “Mode”> “CMYK color mode”. 

When you do this, a dialogue box opens with a message that states, “You are about to convert to CMYK using the “U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2” profile.  This may not be what you intended.  To use a different profile choose edit > Convert to Profile.”  

Click “ok” and your image will convert, ridding all the graphic of gray areas that were not in gamut. Then revert to RGB color, using the same methods of conversion applied from the “Image” menu (“Image” > “Mode”> RGB color mode).

Fixed image in gamut and RGB color mode

Be aware that some details of the image may be lost during conversion.  CMYK colors are typically the brighter, more neon colors.  If your image is out of gamut and is converted to within the RGB color range, the final edit may not appear as bright.  This should fix your gamut issues.

I hope this tip was helpful.  Happy crafting!

Memories and Treasures Freebie Kit

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Enjoy this vintage style paper kit. Create your scrapbook pages, envelopes, tags, bags, junk journal pages and more. This 6 piece, 8.5″ x 11″ kit is 300 dpi, and is in printable jpg format.

Click here to download your copy of Memories and Treasures.

See terms of use for licensing agreement.

Junk Journal Paper

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journals and folios with various types of media used

For all the do-it-yourself (diy) paper crafters out there, which type of papers do you use when making your junk journals?  Do you use mainstream brands such as Graphic 45, Bo Bunny, My Mind’s Eye, and Tim Holtz Paperstash, or do you purchase digital designs from online vendors, such as multimediacraftsdigi.etsy.com?

 I like to use a combination of them, along with junk mail, envelopes, paper bags, tea and coffee stained papers, doilies, tickets, vellum, old sheet music pages, glassine bags, old book pages, fabric, lace, and much more.  I also accent them with tags, folios, tuck spots, jewelry and other elements.

I tend to always include certain journal resources in my books and folios.  The following are a must have for my detailed journals:

  • Vintage style paper
  • Ledger or ruled paper
  • Doilies
  • Old book pages
  • Envelopes
  • Tags

Those are pertinent in my journals, for I feel those contents add great character to the journal, giving the owner of it room to write, a sense of nostalgia, and an over all shabby chic feel (Which is my favorite theme).

You, of course, could omit some of those and add other ephemera to your books.  I just like to have various elements in each one of my designs.  I get them by collecting advertisements from the postal “junk” mail, online blogs, eBay (bulk supplies for auction) Amazon, Etsy, and other websites that offer free digital downloads. (Disclaimer: If you click on the eBay link and make a purchase, I will receive a percentage from your order).

The good thing about postal junk mail is that they provide great and sturdy supplies.  You can use the credit card templates that comes with the marketing material as a tag.  Simply add some designer paper on both sides of the card, punch a hole at the top, add a ribbon and you have yourself a nice element for your scrapbook or folio. 

You can also take an envelope from the junk stash.  Paint it with some gesso, decoupage it with a pretty napkin, and add it to your journal.

I love to use Guest Check receipts, scraps of paper, die cut shapes, and tabs to add more appeal to the books.  I usually print on them with vintage writing stamps along with other designer graphics.  I ink all the edges of the papers with various distress inks.  I cut out some envelopes, fold them over and make pockets out of them.  I then garnish the folio or journal with mixed media elements such as paper clips, brads, and other hardware.

Glassine bags are fun to use as well.  They add beauty to any junk journal and provide a storage compartment for a lot of your ephemera, so you can showcase your collected memorabilia or just simply hold your photos.

Which ever types of media you use, have fun with it.  Even if you make a mistake cutting, sewing, gluing, or whatever to your project, keep that scrap.  A crafting error can turn into a sparkling idea!